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$18K raised for firefighters who tried saving dog from blaze

Dec. 9, 2019 5:54 PM EST

NAZARETH, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man whose home was destroyed in a September fire has raised $18,000 to thank the firefighters who extinguished the flames and tried to save his dog. John Pequeno started an online fundraising campaign for nine departments that responded to the fire at his home in Upper...

Heavy rain causes floods, paralyzes Lebanon's capital

Dec. 9, 2019 11:07 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A rainstorm paralyzed parts of Lebanon's capital Beirut on Monday, turning streets to small rivers, stranding motorists inside their vehicles and damaging homes in some areas. The flooding came as protesters have been holding nearly two months of demonstrations against the country's...

Quake rattles Tuscany, no injuries reported

Dec. 9, 2019 8:52 AM EST

ROME (AP) — An earthquake struck Tuscany north of Florence on Monday, sending frightened people into the street in the middle of the night, opening up cracks in walls and damaging a church. Mayors of towns in the area near the Appennine mountains known as Mugello said there were no injuries from the...

Volunteers demolish homes damaged by months of flooding

Dec. 8, 2019 11:03 AM EST

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Military veterans are demolishing homes in the Mississippi Delta that were damaged by months of flooding. Volunteers from an organization called Team Rubicon started working Wednesday in the Eagle Lake area north of Vicksburg, where the Yazoo backwater flood began in February and...

Probe can't determine cause of fire that destroyed 10 homes

Dec. 6, 2019 8:22 AM EST

Investigators haven't been able to determine what caused a fire that destroyed 10 homes in a Pennsylvania community earlier this year and displaced dozens of residents. A probe into the Oct. 20 blaze in Allentown wasn't able to determine if the fire was intentionally set or an accident, fire officials said this...

Europe pledges additional support for quake-hit Albania

Dec. 5, 2019 12:50 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Union’s head for crisis management on Thursday visited Albania to assess damages and reconstruction needs after last week’s powerful earthquake. The 6.4-magnited earthquake on Nov. 26 killed 51 people and injured more than 3,000 others. More than 11,000...

Authorities investigating $1M fire at Yakima business

Dec. 3, 2019 8:16 AM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Officials are investigating a fire that caused an estimated $1 million in damage to a Yakima business that services electrical equipment, pumps and wells. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports Yakima Fire Department investigators are working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms...

Powerful typhoon leaves at least 4 dead in Philippines

Dec. 3, 2019 7:52 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Typhoon Kammuri barreled across the Philippines with fierce winds and rain Tuesday, leaving at least four people dead, forcing hundreds of thousands of villagers to abandon high-risk communities and prompting officials to shut Manila’s international airport. Kammuri...

Woman, 2 children hurt in upstate NY mobile home explosion

Dec. 2, 2019 5:17 PM EST

VERNON CENTER, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a woman and her two young children have been hospitalized with burns after their mobile home was destroyed in an explosion in central New York. Officials with the Vernon Fire Department say the explosion happened around 7 p.m. Sunday at the Quiet Valley Trailer...

Regulation standards seen as factor in Alaska quake damage

Dec. 2, 2019 12:48 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Assessments following Alaska’s enormous 2018 earthquake showed building damage was worse outside Anchorage’s safety area because of reduced regulation, municipal officials said. There was less structural damage in the Anchorage Building Safety Service Area than in the...